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Thursday 21 November 2019

Six One host Caitriona Perry welcomes baby girl

Caitriona Perry
Caitriona Perry

RTE broadcaster Caitriona Perry has given birth to her first child, a baby girl.

The 38-year-old revealed the happy news on Instagram, which was immediately followed by hundreds of likes and dozens of messages of support.

"A new chapter begins," she wrote. "Thanks to all for the well wishes on the birth of my beautiful baby girl and thanks to the midwives, doctors and nurses for the excellent care."

"Thanks too to the thoughtful RTE News viewers who have been asking about me and the new arrival."

Primetime presenter Miriam O'Callaghan was one of the many people who offered their congratulations.

The former Washington correspondent announced in January that she and her husband Richard were expecting.

"To all the eagle-eyed viewers who have been in touch...you are correct! I am expecting some 'news' of my own later this year," she tweeted at the time.

The announcement comes after a busy year for Ms Perry, when she secured the role of anchor on the Six One News alongside Keelin Shanley in January 2018, taking over from Sharon Ni Bheolain and Bryan Dobson.

At the time of her appointment, she said: "I think it's a brave and enlightened choice...Particularly given the debate that there has been in Ireland about gender bias and certain other shows, other stations, are very male-dominated."

Trump

Perry made headlines around the world after an encounter with US President Donald Trump in June 2017 at the White House when, while he was on a call with the new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, he summoned Perry to compliment her on having a "nice smile".

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